As if by appointment the common garden birds of Kuching were there to greet me early this morning. The brightly coloured orange breast of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon roped in my attention to its natural beauty. Not to miss the show two other birds that are part of the Kuching garden showed their presence too. The Long-tailed Shrike and the Pied Triller make the garden busy with their unique calls making the garden lively. I hope our stay in Kuching this May will see more of them closing in to the garden.
This morning I feel strong because of a bird. I have seen the White-breasted Woodswallow in many towns throughout Sarawak, preferring the overhead electric supply lines as their favourite perch. Its stout body is an icon of strength and agility. I saw one perching next to the side garden this morning and for a brief moment did not notice my presence. A small group of three were about the garden area and nearby electric posts to prey on insects. At one occasion I noticed one of them making sorties to the ground and even rested on the lawn hopping and chasing the insects. I love these birds for their swift wings, grey body and an outstanding white breast. Being swallows their flights are exceptionally acrobatic, targeted and pleasant to watch. This bird now is very commonly seen at this housing estate and for that reason I have no qualms to include it in the list of common garden birds of Sarawak.
On this August visit, there is an abundance of White Cempaka flowers in the garden. These highly scented creamish flowers is the source of one of the most expensive perfume in the world called 'Joy'. Earlier in May I have thrown lots of fertiliser at the plant base and after a period of more than 2 months have resulted in an exuberance of flowers and fragrance in the garden. The flowers have attracted butterflies too, especially the Eggfly Butterfly as shown in the pix below.